• Alexandria Rodriguez

International Women's Day / 3.8.20

Here's to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.

Happy #InternationalWomensDay!

Mark your calendars for March eighth every year moving forward because this is a day that deserves celebrating. International Women's Day recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Jane Austen

Before anything else, let us take a moment to acknowledge the fact that women's rights have come very far considering where we first started. In this current day and time it is sometimes difficult to sit back and feel like we are going anywhere. I wanted to share a few popular advertisements from the 1950’s/1960's to put things into perspective when we feel as though we have not taken any steps forward. We may not be where we need to be just yet, but some progress has still been made.

The word feminism has increasingly been tied to more negative ideas and connotations than positive. It needs to be made clear and understood that feminists are not taking a stand and fighting for women to just be seen, known, or labeled as better than men. Feminism is the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes, especially when it comes to representation.

People are cautious to even call or label themselves a "feminist" because of what society has ripped apart and turned the word into. It has evolved into something that is laughable, weak, and looked down upon, when in reality it should be something inspiring and moving to claim yourself to.

It is so extremely important for people to take action and bring awareness through opportunities to make change in this world, rather than sit back and hope somebody else takes care of it for you. We must stop thinking that it truly doesn't make a difference whether we are involved or not because we are still getting by day to day without putting the effort in. Always remember, things do not change unless we do.

Let today be a reminder to us of where we came from -- hard-working, strong, resilient, powerful women. Let today propel us forward in wanting better for ourselves, for other women, and for the future generations.

We feel as though we are up against the world already, so let us not make it even harder on one another as women.

Let us celebrate and honor women every day, rather than only taking notice once a year.

Let us uplift the women in our lives and encourage and empower one another.

Let us live up to our full potentials and stop silencing our own voices.

Let us hold our heads high and walk with confidence.

Let us be strong, intelligent, unique, and powerful.

And let us stop competing so intensely with one another -- because there is enough good to go around for ALL of us.

Share this with someone who inspires you and tell a woman how amazing she is today.

"Feminism isn't about making women stronger, women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world perceives that strength."

- G.D Anderson

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